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Scone (skohn)

A small breakfast biscuit sometimes baked on a griddle.

Common clues: Tea biscuit; British biscuit

Crossword puzzle frequency: 6 times a year

Frequency in English language: 23590 / 86800

News: Bette's scone mix whips the competition

A scone is a bread thicker than a bannock. It is made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, usually with baking powder as leavening agent. The pronunciation in the United Kingdom is open to debate. Most British people pronounce it as sk'on (to rhyme with gone), but some people from an upper or upper middle-class background (or with pretensions to such a background) choose to pronounce it as sk'own.

Clockwise from bottom: Hot buttered tattie scones next to a cheese scone, shiny and flat treacle scones, and a milk scone above a fruit scone.

The scone closely resembles an American biscuit - itself not to be confused with the Commonwealth biscuit, which equates to what Americans call a "cookie". The scone is still doughier than the American biscuit, and frequently includes raisins, currants or dates. Scones made in America may feature other fruit such as cranberries, or nuts. The scone is also the basis of the Devonshire tea.

The griddle scone forms a sub-variety of the scone. In some countries one may also encounter savoury varieties of scone which may contain or be topped with combinations of cheese, onion, bacon etc.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Scone (bread)".